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Activated Carbon Systems for Capturing Blowdown Hydrocarbons From Pipeline Facilities

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K. K. Botros, J. S. Crowe

NOVA Research & Technology Center, Calgary, AB, Canada

B. Sloof

TransCanada, Calgary, AB, Canada

Paper No. IPC2010-31131, pp. 105-116; 12 pages
  • 2010 8th International Pipeline Conference
  • 2010 8th International Pipeline Conference, Volume 3
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada, September 27–October 1, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: International Petroleum Technology Institute and the Pipeline Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4422-9 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3885-3
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


Adsorption of hydrocarbons by activated carbon (AC) has been the subject of recent development and advancement. One of the applications of this technology is in the capture of planned blowdown gases for the purpose of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. A conceptual design of a large AC-based adsorbed natural gas (ANG) storage system has been configured to capture at least 35–40% of the blowdown gases released from high pressure (60 bar) facilities. This design consists of 46 × 14″ diameter pipe modules mounted on a trailer. A smaller ANG unit consisting of a standard gas cylinder or a pressure vessel filled with AC has also been designed to capture blowdown gases from small-volume systems such as compressor casings. The performance of both storage units has been evaluated numerically, and important design parameters are quantified for a given range of operating conditions. Results of this evaluation and future work are highlighted.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME



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